The tiny home movement spawned from a common desire to simplify life. Minimalists and avid travelers alike see the benefit in downsizing belongings—and floor plan size. One of the most appealing aspects of tiny living is the reduction of required maintenance. After all, a tiny home must require less maintenance than a suburban house and lawn, right? Well, yes…mostly. But those thinking of making the move to tiny should be aware of regular and infrequent maintenance requirements meant to keep your tiny home functioning as it should.

1. Initial Quirks

Like any new home or car, tiny homes are notorious for having some kinks to work out. From realizing there are no coat hooks or place for your spices to discovering the need for additional shelving, there are many updates you will want to make to your tiny home. Whether it’s fresh off the building site or has been pre-loved, making a tiny home your own will require some weekend warrior mindset. In addition to changes aimed at personal preference, you might also find you need to tend to broken cabinet doors, issues with the ladder to the loft, or other parts that either move too much or not enough.

2. Water Leaks

Tiny homes have plumbing just like any other home or RV, so it’s likely that you’ll need to tend to issues from time to time. Faucets, shower heads, toilets, water heaters, and roofs should be on your maintenance radar.

3. Winter Skirt

Depending on the climate where you live, you may want to consider adding a winter skirt to the bottom of your tiny home. Effective in keeping out rodents looking for a warm spot, a skirt also repels the snow, and insulates the air beneath your home for better efficiency. If your home already has a skirt you’ll want to check it frequently for loose nails and rotting boards.

4. Trailer Maintenance

Part of the appeal of tiny homes is the fact that they are mobile so you can move from one place to another at will. That means that your home sits on a trailer. The trailer is exposed to the elements and has an important job to do. Here’s a trailer maintenance checklist that will set you up for a safe ride.

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